Born: 7 September 1983
- She is an Indian professional badminton player.
- Beginning in the late 1990s, she represented India at international events in both mixed and women’s doubles.
- She has a total of 316 match wins in both the disciplines—the most by any Indian—and peaked at no. 6 in the world rankings.
- She has won medals at numerous tournaments on the BWF circuit including a silver at the 2009 Superseries Masters Finals and a bronze at the 2011 World Championships.
- She is the first badminton player of Indian to qualify for two events in the Olympics–women’s doubles with Ponnappa and mixed doubles with V. Diju in London.
- She is known for her skilled left-handed stroke-play and is one of the very few doubles players to use a forehand service.
- In addition to her badminton career, she has been vociferous for the issues she advocates for, ranging from fair treatment in sports, health, and education, women’s empowerment, and gender equality.
- She has been listed several times among the topmost inspiring sportswomen of India.
- She was awarded the Arjuna Award, India’s second-highest sporting award for her achievements.
- She was married to badminton player Chetan Anand from 2005-2011.
- She told ESPN that she was contemplating retirement, after entering negotiations for a coaching role for BAI in May 2017.
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September 7, 2020